Mark Ronson, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Trombone Shorty, The Dap Kings and Zigaboo Modeliste-A La Modeliste

Following on from the superb DJ Premier and Berklee Symphony Orchestra track from a few days ago, the second track from the ReGeneration concept brings together a fantastic range of artists to infuse the wonderful New Orleans jazz style with a little hip-hop and soul.

Badu sounds as interested as I’ve heard her in a long time, as she comes through with a phenomenally addictive performance from start to finish, with vocals full of vibrancy and bounce that spans the range of genres to anchor them together in a cohesively funky sound. Zigaboo is relentless on the drums as he drives the track along, whilst Trombone Shorty provides energetic bursts of his horn that blend with the instrumentation brought by the Dap Kings to create a lovely feelgood vibe, with the overall combination proving a genuinely exceptional backdrop to Erykah’s vocals.

Another absolutely fantastic track from the ReGeneration project, and I hope this inspires more to try these styles out. In a music scene increasingly devoid of true character and worth to the music, the passion and purity of the music here makes for a brilliantly refreshing listen.

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Mark Ronson and D'Angelo-Glass Mountain Trust

Ronson’s album is only a few days away, and personally this was the track I was looking forward to the most. Material from D’Angelo is so rare these days that any feature of his is treated with the highest regard, especially one on a producer’s track/album whereby he’s likely to monopolise vocal duty.

He doesn’t let down either, despite Mark Ronson clearly doing his best to take D’Angelo out of his comfort zone with a techno-influenced, retro-inspired production. As the song grows, the complimentarity of the beat and vocals also grows as D’Angelo seems to connect with the production increasingly well. A very eclectic, diverse track that will satisfy both pop and soul fans.

Mark Ronson-Glass Mountain Trust ft. D’Angelo

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Quick Blast: Collaborations Ahoy!

Haven’t had the time today to go through these sadly, but they’re 4 tracks that I anticipate will be worth checking out for sure. They all include artists that I appreciate, so be sure to give them a go.

Red Cafe-Money Money Money ft. Diddy and Fabolous

Mark Ronson-Lose It ft. Ghostface Killah

Jim Jones-Light Up Remix ft. Sen City and Sandman

Bishop Lamont-Get ‘Em Girl ft. Talib Kweli

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Mark Ronson, Q-Tip and MNDR-Bang Bang Video

Visuals for Mark’s first single from his upcoming album Record Collection. Didn’t mind this track when it dropped, although I’m aware it divided opinion amongst many.

Haven’t watched this yet, but I’m sure it will help with clearing up any indecision on whether the track is actually good or not.

Audio is here.

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Mark Ronson’s New Single Features Q-Tip and MNDR

Mark Ronson delivers another slice of that slightly alternative hip-hop sound, and grabs Q-Tip and singer MNDR for vocal duty. Decent effort, and definitely has a Santogold sort of sound about it. If you liked his other stuff, you’ll enjoy this.

Mark Ronson-Bang Bang Bang ft. Q-Tip and MNDR

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